Blues Under-11 in Festival experience

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:54 10 June 2010

BRIXINGTON Blues Under-11 took part in the 2009 Spring Festival of Football at Winslade Park over the bank Holiday weekend.

BRIXINGTON Blues Under-11 took part in the 2009 Spring Festival of Football at Winslade Park over the bank Holiday weekend.Considering it was the first time Blues had ever played 11-a-side on a full-sized pitch, with full-sized goals and playing offside too, the boys acquitted themselves very well indeed over the course of the two days. In match one they played St Anne's Rovers from Liverpool and, despite going behind to a first minute goal, ran out eventual 3-1 winners, thanks to goals from Harry Moxey, Josh Mingo and Cameron Deighton.In match two they were up against local rivals Exmouth Amateurs, and, with four players from Blues and five from Ammies all going to the same school and thus battling for playground bragging rights, it was, as expected, a tough encounter. However, Blues continued their winning run with the only goal of the game coming from Jordan Howlett to seal a 1-0 victory.Next up was Shenley Radford from Birmingham, who were a very strong and skilful team. It didn't help that Shenley had only played once during the day either, and, with the rigours of the huge pitches taking their toll on the Blues players, it was no surprise that Shenley - the eventual tournament winners - ran out 2-1 winners, with James Clark netting the Blues' consolation.And so to the final game, this time against Shire Oak Saints from the West Midlands. Overly physical at times, Shire Oak raced into a 2-0 lead, but Cameron Deighton and Josh Mingo brought the scores level before Shire Oak scored a late winner with the advantage of having a strong breeze at their backs.The Tournament was a really good work out for the young Blues' lads and certainly stands them in very good stead for the next season when they step up into the world of the 11-a-side format of the game.One thing is clear, with the amount of hard work the lads have put into the campaign just gone they certainly deserve the summer break that they can now get stuck into!

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